Reviewed on 09 September 2002
Price: US $19.95
Available from: http://nokia-7650-software.epocware.com/Handy_Expense.html
This is probably my favourite application out of the other two. For
those who want to keep track of their own expenditure (like me), the
Handy Expense application offers not just the ability to record how
much you spent at the supermarket. It also comes with additional
features including classification of expenses for different situations
(personal or business), a set of pre-defined expenses types with the
ability to add to the list, and different currency options - handy for
those always travelling with their 7650! :)
Setting up Handy Expense for first-time use is pretty
straight-forward. Most importantly, the currency settings should be
done up. If you are planning to use just one currency, it really
isn’t necessary to do anything here. But if you do a lot of
travelling around, getting all the custom currencies set up plus the
correct exchange rates inputted will save you a lot of trouble later.
You can also set the standard expenses view you want, which is
displayed on start-up and on normal usage. A selection of daily,
weekly and monthly views are available. If you have many expenses, the
daily view is recommended - while a weekly view will suit those who
just want to keep track of their “here and there” expenses.
From the main screen, selecting ‘options’ and choosing ‘add
new’ will bring up a new screen. All the necessary information,
including date and type of expense, currency used for the expense,
payment method, category of the expense, and additional comments are
available for each individual entry.
Entering information was extremely easy and straight-forward. The
choice of different currencies allowed me to input the exact amount
paid in the foreign currency, where Handy Expense gave me the
equivalent Australian dollar amount. If I wanted to add some extra
detail to a particular expense, the ‘notes’ field can be used for
Most people would go and re-define the ‘types’ of expenses that
have been pre-defined. A user has the option of adding and removing
different types only. The types are not sorted alphabetically, which
means you can put the ones frequently used on the top of the list.
If, for some reason, that you may need to change anything for a
particular expense, simply choose the one that needs changing by
highlighting it and depressing on the joystick, and modify the
relevant information. You will find that this same expense item will
be moved to the last line of the list of expenses for that day, as
Handy Expense does not take into account the time of an expense entry.
As mentioned previously, a user can change the main screen view to
their liking (based on their level of usage and frequency of recording
their expenses). Moving the joystick left or right will show the
previous and following day/week/month’s expenses respectively.
A report feature is available with Handy Expense, which collates all
the different types of expenses together and presents them into a
report view. A ‘total’ and the sub-totals for each individual
expense type is presented on the screen in the primary currency type
selected. Pretty neat when you want to work out how much you spent on
parking your car last month! :)
So what’s the verdict?
Handy Expense is one application that I wouldn’t do without.
Pocketing receipts and recording them once I got home wasn’t really
a solution. Combining this application with the convenience of a
mobile phone really made it that much more useful, as I would enter
expenses as I incurred them. Also, a sufficient level of customisation
and multi-currency feature makes Handy Expense a more valuable tool to
carry around. This is what I call “effortless convenience in the
palm of your hands!